Robert STRATFORD, born in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, about 1635 (son of Edward STRATFORD, of Hareston Grange, Nuneaton, by his wife Grace PARGITER); Robert settled in Ireland in 1660; one of the original burgesses named in the charter by which Baltinglas, County Wicklow, was incorporated as a Borough town; Sheriff of County Wicklow, 8 January 1677; Deputy Governor of Counties Dublin and Wicklow, 1690; M.P. for County Wicklow, 1692-93.
Robert is said to have died in October 1699 [CANTWELL's Memorials of the Dead], but the monument in Baltinglas Abbey Graveyard was hard to read, and the date conflicts with his probate grant; his will, dated 8 November 1698, was proved P.C.I. on 29 June 1699 [BETHAM's Abstract], naming his sons Edward and Francis, daughter Catherine, daughter Anne the wife of Samuel EYRE, Esq, brothers John, Edward, William and Francis, sisters Abigail TROTMAN and Grace RUSHTON, Benjamin BARTON, Esq, and cousin John PARGETER.
Robert was of Clough, County Wicklow, Esq, when he was married by P.C.I. License dated 13 February 1662[-63?], to Mary WALSH of the City of Dublin, Spinster [BETHAM's Abstract], a daughter of Oliver WALSH of Ballykilcavan, Queen's County [See BURKE's "Landed Gentry"; and "History of the Irish Parliament," Volume VI, page 367]; they had issue:
1. Edward STRATFORD, born on 28 January 1664, eldest son and heir; of Belan, County Kildare; he is said to have entertained King James at Belan, and then a week later his vanquisher King William, who slept in the same bed; Edward was married to Elizabeth BAISLEY, with issue:
a. Robert STRATFORD; settled in the Queen's County.
b. Eusebius STRATFORD; ditto.
c. John STRATFORD; M.P. for Baltinglass, during the reigns of George I, II and III; created Baron of Baltinglass, May 1763; Viscount Aldborough of Belan, 1776; Earl of Aldborough, 1777.
2. Francis STRATFORD; a school-friend of Jonathan SWIFT of Kilkenny (later Dean of St Patrick's, Dublin); English Consul at Bordeaux, and at Madrid; "allied" to the Duke of Chandos, who was in partnership with his uncle Francis STRATFORD of Merevale Hall, a Merchant on Hamburg; Francis Junior died without issue.
3. Grace STRATFORD; married to Samuel (or ? Benjamin) BURTON, of Burton Hall, County Carlow, Esq.
4. Mary STRATFORD; married to Robert HICKMAN of County Clare, Esq.
5. Elizabeth STRATFORD; married to Thomas (or ? Samuel) EYRE of Eyreville, County Galway.
6. Abigail STRATFORD; married to George CANNING, of Garvagh, County Londonderry. See [A] below.
7. Jane STRATFORD; married to John CARLETON of Darlingvale, County Tipperary, Esq.
8. Anne STRATFORD; married to Robert PERSSE, of Roxborough, County Galway, Esq.
9. Catherine STRATFORD; named in her sister Abigail's will, January 1738; she was married to John SPENCER of the City of Dublin, Esq.
CANNING FAMILY IN LONDONDERRY.
George CANNING, born about 1630; of Garvagh, County Londonderry, Esq; he was married to Mary STEPNEY; with issue:
1. George CANNING. See [A] below.
[A] George CANNING, born in County Londonderry, about 1668, son and heir; admitted to the Middle Temple, London, 8 October 1689; of Coleraine, Co Derry; he died in 1711, of Garvagh, Londonderry, Junior; his will, dated 17 May 1710, was proved P.C.I. 19 February 1710[-11?], naming his sons Stratford and George, and daughter Mary; he was of Garvey (sic) in the parish of Prigal (?) in the county of Londonderry, Gent, when he was married at Baltinglass, County Wicklow, by P.C.I. License dated 19 April 1697, to Abigail STRATFORD of Baltinglas [BETHAM's Abstract]; she was married secondly to Major Thomas CUDMORE; he died in Dublin in 1731, intestate [Diocesan and Prerogative Wills and Administrations Index], and Administration of his Effects was granted on 20 January 1734 to his widow and relict Abigail, and again, on 2 May 1738 to his son Henry and his widow and relict Abigail (perhaps when his son Henry had come of age?) ; as Abigail CUDMORE, of the City of Dublin, Widow, she made an Indented Deed, dated 26 June 1734, by which she regularized a payment of £50 and an annuity of £150 (out of the jointure settled upon her by her late husband George CANNING) to his son Stratford CANNING, and issuing out of the lands of Ballymore, Bracknaboy, Coolcoskeran, Cah Farviemore and Garvagh, with the tythes of the Grange of Agivey, in County Londonderry; Abigail died in Dublin in 1738; her will, dated 27 January 1737-38, was proved P.C.I., 2 February 1737-38, naming her daughter Mary wife of George CANNING, her son-in-law Rev George TISDALL and her daughter Frances TISDALL his wife, her daughters Grace PHI[LI]PPS and Abigail the wife of Hugh DOHERTY, her grand-daughter Fanny DOHERTY, her sons Stratford CANNING and George CANNING, her daughter Letitia POULTER, her son Henry CUDMORE, and her sister Catherine SPENCER; they had issue:
1. Stratford CANNING, born in 1703; admitted to the Middle Temple, London, 1 June 1722; his will dated 8 October 1773, proved P.C.I. 20 October 1775, naming his daughters Frances and Elizabeth, his second son Paul, his late son George, his grandsons George and Thomas the sons of George CANNING, his daughter Mary the wife of BARNARD, his grandson William BARNARD, his nephew John DOHERTY, and his son Stratford CANNING; Stratford Senior was married by License of the Diocese of Dublin, at St Mary's, Dublin, 26 June 1734, to Letitia NEWBURGH of Ballyhaise, County Cavan (daughter of Obadiah NEWBURGH and his wife Mary); she died in 1786; they had issue.
2. George CANNING, born in 1705.
3. Mary CANNING, born in 1707; her will or probate was dated 9 November 1775, a Spinster, of Dublin, naming her nephew Paul CANNING, her brother Stratford's three children Stratford, Frances and Elizabeth, her nephew George CANNING, Rev Joseph POULTER, her niece Abigail the wife of BRADISH, her sister Frances the wife of TISDALL, her nephew Rev Michael TISDALL, her niece Letitia the wife of BAYLEY, her sister Abigail the wife of Hugh DOHERTY and their children John, Frances KELL and Rose SMITH, and her half-brother Henry CUDMORE.
4. Abigail CANNING, born in 1709.
5. Frances CANNING; married in 1729, George TISDALL.
6. Grace CANNING; married in 1726, Charles PHILLIPS.
POULTER FAMILY IN KILKENNY.
1. William POULTER, eldest son.
2. John POULTER; married, with issue:
a. Elizabeth POULTER, born in or after 1657; aged under 16 in 1672, eldest daughter.
b. Luke POULTER.
c. William POULTER.
3. Joseph POULTER.
4. Sarah POULTER, born in or after 1657; aged under 16 in 1672.
1. William POULTER; eldest son; died before 1743; married with issue:
a. William POULTER, eldest son; Cabinet Maker, of Carlow, County Carlow, 1743, when he made Deeds of Lease and Release, dated respectively 3 and 4 February 1743 together with his wife Catherine, concerning his late grandfather's lands in Dunkitt, County Kilkenny [Memorial 78369, Book 114, Page 143].
2. John POULTER; second son; living at Dunkitt, 1743; issue:
a. William POULTER.
b. John POULTER.
3. Elizabeth POULTER; married before 1710 to Thomas ANNALY; both named in her father's will, 1710; as Elizabeth ANNERLY, Widow, September 1719, when named in a Deed made by Mary GREEN otherwise POULTER, and a potential bequest of £5 within four years after Mary's death.
4. Mary POULTER; married before 1710 to John HOSKINS; both named in her father's will, 1710.
5. Anne POULTER; married before 1710 to Samuel TAYLOR; both named in her father's will, 1710; as Mrs Ann TAYLOR, September 1719, when named in a Deed made by Mary GREEN otherwise POULTER, and a potential bequest of £5 within four years after Mary's death.
There were several others who may have been of the above family, but as they were neither named in John Senior's will, it appears more likely that they were either nephews or cousins:
a. Joseph POULTER; living in September 1719, of Dunkitt, when named in a Deed made by Mary GREEN otherwise POULTER, and a potential bequest of £10 within four years after Mary's death. Unless instead the uncle.
b. Andrew POULTER; living in September 1719, when named in a Deed made by Mary GREEN otherwise POULTER, and a potential bequest of £5 within four years after Mary's death. Inevitably the Andrew POULTER who married Letitia CANNING. See below.
Mary POULTER, probably born in or before 1700; she was married to John GREEN, of Dunkitt, County Kilkenny; they made Deeds of Lease and Release dated respectively 10 and 11 September 1719, by which John GREEN of Dunkitt and his wife Mary GREEN otherwise POULTER, demised unto John BISHOP of Gailekill, County Kilkenny, Esq, and William DOBBIN of Balleynekill, County Waterford, Esq, of the second part, and to Roger DEYOS of Mellvill, County Killkenny, Esq, of the third part, "... all that and those the Mills and Millraces of Dunkitt, and that part and parcel of Dunkitt aforesaid containing by common estimation 70 acres of land, to the use and behoof of... the said John GREEN and Mary his wife during their natural lives, and after the decease of the said Mary to the use and behoof of John GREEN during his natural life, the remainder to the use of the heirs male of the said John GREEN and the body of the said Mary lawfully begotten, and in default of such issue and behoof of the said John GREEN his heirs and assigns for ever, In which said deed of release the said premises are limited to the said Roger DEYOS his ex'ors adm'rs for the term of 21 years after the death of the said Mary's interest, to raise out of the Issues and Profits thereof the several sums hereafter named to be paid to the Persons hereafter named in four years after the death of the said Mary, that is to say - £10 to Joseph POULTER of Dunkitt; £10 to Elizab'th RIPPENHAM; £10 to Susana LIST (?); £5 to Richard FRANCIS and £5 to his sister Lydia FRANCIS; £5 to the widow Elizabeth ANNERLY; £5 to Mrs Ann TAYLOR; £30 to Mrs Mary FRANCIS daughter of Mr James FRANCIS; 30s to Joan KELLY; and £5 to Mr Andrew POULTER. Which said Deeds were perfected at the City of Waterford by said John GREEN and Mary his wife, in the presence of Lydia BLAINE the wife of John BLAINE of the said City, Mariner, Joseph COOKE, and Dan'l TAYLOR of the said City, Gent..." [Memorial 18258, Book 29, pages 449-450 (film image 27)].
Andrew POULTER, probably born in or before 1722, and perhaps the Mr Andrew POULTER namrd in John and Mary GREEN's 1719 Deed (but if so, probably then quite young); described as "Jurisperitus" in his son Joseph's T.C.D. Admission Registration; of Dunkitt, County Kilkenny, Esq, when he made a Deed of Lease and Release, dated 20 and 21 May 1745, citing the marriage portion of £700 he received when he married his late wife Letitia POULTER otherwise CANNING, and wishing to make a provision and settle his estate upon the children he had by her, he made a grant to his brother-in-law Stratford CANNING of "... all that and every the Towns, Villages, Hamlets, place and parcels of Lands, Tenements, Hereditaments hereinafter mentioned, that is to say the Town and parcel of Land commonly known by the name of Annaburrow, the parcel of land commonly known by the name of Park Reilly, and Bibby's Land, and the Lands of Dunkitt, with their appurtenances" [Memorial 81285, Book 116, Page 428]; Andrew is said to have died at Dunkitt, 14 May 1762, and was buried in Dunkitt Churchyard, County Kilkenny, where tombstone No. 4 recorded -"Beneath this stone lies what was mortal of Andrew POULTER of Dunkit, Esq., and of Letitia his wife, of Stratford son of the above Andrew and Letitia" [Journal of the Association for the Preservation of the Memorials of the Dead in Ireland, Volume 4, 1898-1900, pages 82-84]; however, The Gentleman's and London Magazine recorded the "List of Deaths for the year 1761... At Dunkit, in the co. Kilkenny, Andrew POULTER, Esq," and Administration was "... granted the 9th day of January 1762 to the Reverend Joseph POULTER of Deanborough in the County of Kilkenny, Clerk, Son and Heir of Andrew POULTER late of Dunkitt in the same county Esq're of the Goods (and chattels) of said Andrew. Inventory to be returned the tenth Day of June next and an Account when required."
Andrew was of the parish of St John's, Dublin, Gent, when married, by License of the Prerogative Court of Ireland dated 8 August 1733, to Letitia CANNING of the same parish, Spinster (daughter of George CANNING and Abigail STRATFORD); with probable issue:
2. Joseph POULTER, born in County Kilkenny, about 1738; admitted Pensioner, Trinity College Dublin, 21 April 1757, aged 18 (Rev Mr JESSOP, Waterford), Scholar, 1759, B.A. Aestimus 1761; Clerk in Holy Orders, Ordained Deacon 16 August 1761, and Priest 4 October 1761 at Cork; Curate of St Anne, Shandon, 1761-62 (Diocese of Cork and Ross); Curate of Aghamacourt, 1762 (Diocese of Ossory); of Deanborough in the County of Kilkenny, Clerk, January 1762, when he obtained Administration of his late father's effects; Curate of Inchicologhan (or Castleinch), 1766 (Diocese of Ossory); of Dunkitt, 1775; he died in January 1789; "Joseph POULTER, Rev'd, of Dunkitt, County Kilkenny, Clerk, will dated 28 May 1788, proved 3 April 1789 - son Joseph; eldest daughter Elizabeth married to William ROBERTS of Cork, Esq; daughters Abigail, Letitia and Sarah; wife Margaret" [BETHAM's Abstract];
Will of Rev Joseph POULTER:
" by Mrs Margaret POULTER
a. Joseph BRADISH, born in Kilkenny, 1767, the eldest son; living in 1814 (a Plaintiff); he may have died in Liverpool in July 1832; his will was probably proved in 1834, Diocese of Ossory; he was married, by M.L.B. of the Diocese of Cashel dated 21 November 1791, to Anne CHADWICK; with issue.
b. Wheaton BRADISH, second son; an adult; died v.p., unmarried and s.p.
c. James BRADISH, born about 1773, the third son; died v.p., married, leaving issue; said to have died in the U.S. in 1799.
d. Stratford BRADISH, fourth son; an adult; died v.p., unmarried and s.p.
e. Andrew BRADISH, fifth son; living in 1814 (a Plaintiff); said to have died in Canada in 1817.
f. Letitia BRADISH; married before 1811, Samuel SMITH; he was living in 1814 (a Plaintiff).
William married secondly, in 1791, Rebecca CARTWRIGHT (she was living in 1814, when named as a joint Defendant in a Chancery Court Action brought on by her three surviving step-children); he had further issue by Rebecca:
g. Elizabeth BRADISH; living in 1814 (a Defendant).
h. Mary BRADISH; living in 1814 (a Defendant).
1. Isaac LEARY. See [D] below.
2. Joseph Poulter LEARY; died in 1842.
ISAAC LEARY OF WEXFORD, N.S.W. AND NEW ZEALAND.
Isaac settled originally in Sydney; "General Book-binding and Account Book Manufactory, Brougham Place, next door but one to Mr GREEN's. ISAAC LEARY takes leave to announce to the Gentry and the Public that he will commence the above business, in its various branches, of Plain and Ornamental Binding, in Morocco, Calf, Roan, Vellum and Sheep, etc, etc, at his present residence, on Wednesday 1st of September next; Where he shall be happy to receive any orders he may be favoured with; and for durability, elegance of finish, and moderation in charge, he trusts to be surpassed by none. Orders from the Country punctually attended to. Sydney, 23 August 1841" [Temperance Advocate (Sydney), 20 October 1841]; he was named in a "List of Unclaimed Letters for the month of October 1841" as "... Isaac LEARY, ... newspaper office" [Australasian Chronicle (Sydney), 11 November 1841]; he was named in a long list of members of Mr SMIDMORE's [election] Committee, for Brisbane Ward [The Guardian (Sydney), 5 October 1844].
Isaac first arrived in Auckland about 1863; he did not remain for the duration, but he did settle in Palmerston North about 1873; he was appointed to Western Rangeitiki, by Wellington Education Board, January 1875 [Wanganui Chronicle, 12 January].
Isaac died at his residence, Palmerston North, N.Z., 5 December 1879, aged 68 years [Manawatu Times, 10 December]; the Manawatu Times of 10 December 1879 carried this obituary:
Isaac LEARY, Bookseller, was married in June 1835, "... At Rathaspeck Church, County Wexford... to Miss PIDGEON" [Waterford Mail, 1 July 1835], otherwise Pheobe PIDGEON, she was born in Wexford about 1811, daughter of Richard PIDGEON and Elizabeth FOLEY, and sister of Rev Nathaniel PIDGEON (1803-1879), Elizabeth PIDGEON (1809-1861) the wife of Thomas MULLEN, and Ann PIDGEON (1815-1856) the wife of William BRADLEY; Phoebe died at her residence, Church Street, Palmerston North, N.Z., 1 December 1883, aged 72 years.
Isaac and Phoebe had issue:
1. Sarah LEARY; born at Main Street, Wexford, 2 July 1836; aged 4 on arrival in N.S.W., 1841; she died at Pitt Street, Sydney, 19 January 1864.
2. Thomas LEARY, born at Main Street, Wexford, 28 April 1838; died at sea, February 1841, on the voyage out to N.S.W.
3. Richard LEARY, born at Main Street, Wexford, 3 November 1839; died at sea, February 1841, on the voyage to N.S.W.
4. Joseph Poulter LEARY, born on the Indian Ocean, 2 May 1841, during the voyage to N.S.W., and baptised in Sydney, 1841 #90; he learnt the printing trade in Sydney, and went to Auckland in 1863 where he worked for the New Zealand Herald; he joined the Government Printing Office in 1864; he was co-founder of the Rangitikei Advocate in 1874, and later also the Manawatu Times, which he took over when the partnership was dissolved, and sold that newspaper in 1880; he died in N.Z., 27 October 1921, aged 82 years; he was married at Ohariu Valley, near Wellington, 6 October 1868, to Mary AUSTIN, youngest daughter of Charles AUSTIN, Esq, by his wife Margaret Boucher MOODY (Margaret died at Johnsonville, 12 Aug 1881, aged 73); Mary died at her residence, the Square, Palmerston North, 1 June 1884, aged 35 years; they had issue:
a. Phoebe LEARY, born in N.Z., 1869 #19642; died on 14 April 1893.
Joseph was married secondly, in N.Z., 1886 #421, to Mary Elizabeth CARTY.
5. Isaac LEARY, born in Sydney, 7 August 1843, and was baptised in N.S.W., 1843 #869; died an infant.
6. Isaac Thomas LEARY, born at Hill End, near Bathurst, 28 October 1844, and was baptised in N.S.W., 1844 #247; he died at his parents residence, Botany Road, Redfern, 22 October 1873.
7. Richard LEARY, born at Wollombi, Maitland parish, 13 December 1846, and was baptised in N.S.W., 1846 #1146; he went to New Zealand; Chemist, with premises in the Square, Palmerston North; he died at Palmerston North, 27 December 1901; he was married in N.Z., 1887 #1999, to Florence Lucy GEISEN (born in 1869, daughter of Edward GIESEN and Margaret AUSTIN) - Florence was a niece of Mary AUSTIN (the wife of Richard's older brother Joseph Poulter LEARY); Richard and Florence had issue:
a. Richard Frank LEARY, born in N.Z., 1888; died 27 December 1891, aged 3 years.
b. Leonard Poulter LEARY, born in Palmerston North, 24 March, 1891; 5th Wellington Regiment, N.Z.E.F., August 1914, and served in Samoa; he transferred to the Royal Field artillery, 1915, and served in England, Egypt and France; M.C.; twice wounded, the second time in November 1917, and was "invalided" to the Instructional Staff of No 2 Cadet School, R.F.A., at Topsham Barracks, Exeter; he returned to N.Z. in 1919; called to Bar, 1920; LL.B., 1939; he ceased practice in 1940 to re-enlist, but was deemed too old for overseas service; he joined the Territorial Force, and was O.C. of the 1st Field Regiment, N.Z. Artillery, from October 1943; he died at Lake Rotoiti, 11 April 1990; he was married firstly, in Exeter Cathedral, Devon, 2 April 1918, to Margaret Mason ROBERTSON, younger daughter of George ROBERTSON of Emberton, Northumberland; she returned to England, and they were divorced in 1933; they had issue a daughter; Leonard was married secondly in Auckland, 1934, to Dorothy Lovelace MILNE; by her he had further issue three sons and one daughter.
c. Ernest Richard LEARY, born in N.Z., 1895; died in N.Z., 1918.
d. Eric Sydney LEARY, born in 1898; died on 13 February 1902, aged 3 years.
Florence was married secondly, in Dunedin, 3 March 1910, to Dominic Horewood Lascelles CORRIGAN; she was at Sea View, Remuera, 1918; she went to Kenya in August 1941 to visit her daughter; she was murdered at Taita Hills, Kenya, in early August 1941, by her son-in-law, Vladimir Vasil VERBI; Florence had further issue - a daughter Lascelles Leary CORRIGAN, born N.Z., 1911, who married VERBI in 1939, and died in 2009, leaving issue.
8. Eliza Ann LEARY, born at Wollembi, 29 August 1848, and baptised in N.S.W., 1848 #1148; she died at York Street, Sydney, 6 November 1850.
9. (unknown) LEARY, born and died at Glebe, about September 1850.
The following but as yet "unprocessed" notes, including a number of Deeds Registered in Dublin, were kindly provided by Gar WATSON:
"Of Elizabeth first wife of the Rev Joseph POULTER and of Joseph Stratford, son of the above Joseph, and his second wife Margaret.
"He exchanged this life for a better the 7th day of April, 1786 aged one year.
"Also the body of the Rev Joseph POULTER, Rector of Kilculliheen, who departed this life — January, 1789, in the 44 year of his age.
"Also his son Joseph POULTER who departed this life 8th December, 1800, aged 17 years."
"Joseph Poulter MACKESY, M.B., F.R.C.S.L, died 3 April 1866 aged 50.
"Thomas Lewis MACKESY, M.D., F.R.C.S.I., died 8 April 1869 aged 79 years.
"Helen MACKESY died Augt. 9th 1870. Frances Rosetta, wife of Josh. Poulter MACKESY, M.B., F.R.C.S.I., died December 22 1891 aged 74 years:"
"Also Mrs Maria Anne KING, she died June 4th, 1815, aged 35 years. Also Mrs Margaret SHEPPARD who died — July, 1831, aged 44 years. Also William Denis KING who died — October, 1827, aged 20 years.'*